Gardens transformed into art gallery
The peaceful settings of Queen's Gardens will once again be turned into an outdoor art gallery when Art Group Nelson hold their annual exhibition this weekend.
The exhibition has been running for about 40 years and each year showcases the varied work of the group's members.
Artist Allan Richardson will be one of the members showing his paintings and wooden carvings.
Allan has been a member of the group for more than 30 years and says he particularly likes painting seascapes and landscapes in oils and water colours.
He recommends people check out the exhibition.
"It's very good there's a lot of variety. We usually get about 40 or 50 artists and everyone is a bit different in what they do and how they do it."
Elaine Burgon is another long-standing member of the group. She also paints seascapes, landscapes and portraits. She has been interested in art since she was a child.
Art Group Nelson this year took into consideration requests from art lovers that the exhibition run later than its usual closing time of 4pm.
Jean Jackson says the committee decided to extend the event until 7pm, but it will run only for one day.
Jean says membership of the group has grown over the past year which has brought new choices and ideas into the group.
The usual varieties of artwork will be on display, ranging from paintings in oil, watercolour, acrylic and mixed media, woodwork, glasswork and garden art.
"All this makes for an exciting exhibition in the atmosphere of the gardens that is enjoyed year after year in Nelson.
Members look forward to seeing familiar faces from the past and also meeting new art lovers.
Exhibition: Saturday, January 11, 10am till 7pm. If wet, January 12. All artwork is for sale and eftpos is available.